After last season’s encounter with Purple Man, Jessica Jones has returned to her normal life, but Trish Walker (of It’s Patsy fame) has decided that Jessica needs to investigate her past some more.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Showrunner: Melissa Rosenberg

Cast:

Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones
Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker
Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse
J.R. Ramirez as Oscar Arocho
Terry Chen as Pryce Cheng
Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth
Callum Keith Rennie as Dr. Karl Malus
Janet McTeer as Alisa Jones

Premise:

Drowning in anger, Jessica Jones is forced to reckon with her past, her powers and her newfound fame as she dishes out her own messy form of justice. Finally ready to face her past, Jessica hunts down the source of her powers and uncovers a link to a shadowy killer who’s terrorizing the city.   (From Trakt.)

High Point:

I want to be vague so as not to spoil it, but episode 11 with the return of David Tennant was a great look into Jessica’s mind and her vulnerabilities and how she works through them.

All of the side characters are given a good story arc as well and feel very real.

Low Point:

A few characters feel under-utilized, and sometimes it feels less like the story is moving forward and is just treading water.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6 There is a lot we’ve seen before, but it was an interesting take on the relationships within some familiar monster/detective/superhero stories.

Effects: 5/6 I can’t think of much that didn’t look like a real world event, but asides from leaping tall fences and throwing people across rooms, there wasn’t a call for many fancy effects.

Acting: 6/6 The acting was amazing.  I hadn’t realized how much was acting and how much was just her personality.  After seeing a smiling Kristen Ritter in a ponytail talking about she makes knitting kits, I realized how different she and Jessica actually are.  Carrie-Anne Moss was a stand-out as well, acting like a perfect letch.

Production: 6/6 The quality of the non-verbal storytelling was high.  A color shift in the lighting could tell you who had entered the room before the characters react.  A new dress is enough to show changes to a character.

Story: 5/6  The story is amazing.  It takes a bit longer to tell the story than necessary, but each character that makes my cast list above shows growth and change from the beginning of the story to the end.

Emotional Response: 5/6 I felt for each character, and while some decisions are clearly wrong, I understood why each character felt they had to make them.

Overall: 5/6  While not quite as powerful as the first season, the season gives us a strong trip into some strong characters.

In total, “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 2 receives 36/42